I visualize my characters as living, breathing manifestations of people I love, those I’ve met and artists who inspire me. In that vein, because my characters are important to the world in which the story exists I have certain actors and actresses that I can see portraying them when the novel is made into a film. Notice the ‘when’, not if!
Some of the character/actor matches were instantaneous while there are still some that just aren’t clear. And most of those early selections are performers well done and loved in the theatre industry.
Makes sense because of my long-time affinity for musical theatre but also due to the fact that this novel relies heavily on the creative arts and their importance in our personal growth. Having beloved musical theatre actors/actresses portraying the characters I create would be a fitting and inspiring blend.
I just have to get through the editing, publish the novel and have it be a best-seller! Hmm…or I could just write the screenplay myself.